In the jungle of Chiapas, nestled on a thickly wooded ridge, is the ancient Mayan city of Palenque, considered Mexico’s most breathtakingly beautiful archaeological site.
Although smaller in size compared to Chichen Itza or Tikal, it is believed that only 10 percent of the site has been explored as yet. Here you will see some of the greatest works of Mayan architecture in excellent condition including the palace, its observation tower, and many additional temples. After its peak during the 7th century, Palenque was abandoned and gradually absorbed by the jungle before its rediscovery, and like so many of the Mayan ruins and their history, Palenque remains shrouded in mystery.
The ruins are special because Palenque is one of the only cities in ancient Mayan culture that allowed a woman to rule. Lady Zac-Kuk and her grandmother Lady Kanal-lkal were the only women in Mayan history to ever sit on the throne.
Close by, the Sierra Madre de Chiapas mountains and the beautiful Agua Azul, where clear waters cascade into shimmering limestone pools, are main attractions in the area. Take a dip, enjoy the feel of the water against your skin, and absorb the lush scenery around you. Surrounded by a dense jungle forest in this dramatic mountain setting, Palenque is the perfect starting point from which to explore Mexico and its rich, vast and unique history.